Convincing Carlos is a laughing matter

IF YOU are crazy about soccer the place to go to is the Wits theatre. There is a hilarious one-man show on and you can still catch it at 6pm and 8pm tonight and tomorrow.

IF YOU are crazy about soccer the place to go to is the Wits theatre. There is a hilarious one-man show on and you can still catch it at 6pm and 8pm tonight and tomorrow.

It is about a soccer-mad man and his mission to put Bafana Bafana on the world soccer map.

Convincing Carlos is Mpho Osei-Tutu's debut show, directed by award-winning Craig Morris.

It is about a Bafana Bafana mad family man, who receives a series of ambiguous omens two years before the 2010 World Cup starts.

He is convinced that he has been chosen to save the national team from global embarrassment. His plan? To convince Carlos Alberto Parreira to return as coach at all costs. Well, Parreira is back, but the show goes on.

This comedy takes us back in time to the adventures of Sechaba, a husband, father and avid soccer fan, who has to get to Brazil and persuade Parreira to return. Meanwhile, in the present, Khalo, a dwindling author covering Sechaba's apparent fantasy, has to meet his deadline with his editor and capitalise on the World Cup with a bestseller before the tournament ends.

As Sechaba regales Khalo with his tales of Brazil and family crises, we meet his colourful and vivid friends and foes.

Sechaba's wife, Linda, can't accept her husband' s calling. A Nigerian fan keeps appearing in his dreams and Michael Jackson is a Brazilian drug lord who chases him through the streets and favelas of Rio.

Catch the irrepressible Osei-Tutu in this hilarious play about the desperation of fans, the magnetism of family and the other story behind Parreira's return.

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